EVH Striped Series ’78 Eruption Electric Guitar – Black / White


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Inspired by Eddie’s Iconic “Eruption” Frankenstrat

Edward Van Halen’s iconic “Frankenstein” guitar went through many changes throughout its life, and the EVH Striped Series ’78 captures it in one of its earliest incarnations. Before the red background. Before the Floyd Rose tremolo. Before the Seymour Duncan pickup. It features a basswood body patterned after the original’s contoured slab of ash, along with a compound-radius fingerboard for modern playability, plus EVH-approved hardware and electronics. Beyond that, its relic’d striped finish and aged chrome hardware mimic what Edward’s original axe probably looked like after it was tainted by the abuse of the road. This solidbody electric guitar is topped off with a ’70s-style licensed Fender Strat headstock with a gold EVH logo, along with a skirted Strat-style volume knob. The Striped Series ’78 is a must-have collectable for every EVH aficionado. What’s more, it’s a great-sounding, comfortable-playing instrument for guitarists of all stripes.

Period-accurate EVH specifications

The Striped Series ’78 Eruption was inspired by Edward’s iconic Frankenstrat circa 1978, during the recording of his revolutionary instrumental track “Eruption.” Built from solid basswood, this axe’s dimensions were patterned after the original instrument’s contoured ash body. It also includes a bolt-on maple neck with a fast-playing compound-radius fingerboard. A vintage Fender tremolo supplies access to Edward’s classic dive-bomb techniques, along with screeching horse and elephant sounds. And of course, you also get a relic’d striped finish to ensure a period-accurate look.

High-output EVH Wolfgang bridge humbucker

When Eddie built his original Frankenstrat, he was trying to combine the sound of a classic Gibson with the physical attributes of a Fender. To achieve this, he loaded the guitar with a PAF-style humbucker, potting it in paraffin wax to reduce microphonic squeal. The ’78 Eruption is outfitted with a slanted EVH Wolfgang bridge humbucker, which yields you a scorching, well-balanced tone that’s guaranteed to please even the stingiest of EVH tone connoisseurs. A 500k EVH Bourns low-friction volume pot enables you to create effortless swells with zero clicks or pops. You also get a treble bleed circuit to eliminate muddy tone when you lower the guitar’s volume. 

Super-stable quartersawn maple neck

The neck is one of the most important aspects of any guitar, which is why the Striped Series ’78 Eruption features a quartersawn maple neck. Besides looking good, the straight grain of quartersawn necks is significantly more stable than plain-sawn necks and less likely to warp, twist, or shrink. You’ll appreciate the easy-playing feel of this neck’s hand-rubbed satin urethane back finish. You’ll also love the playability and feel of the ’78 Eruption’s compound-radius fingerboard, which goes from a 12-inch radius at the nut to a comfortable and flat 16-inch radius on the upper frets.

EVH Striped Series ’78 Eruption Electric Guitar Features:

Inspired by Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstrat during the recording of “Eruption”

Basswood body is patterned after the original guitar’s contoured slab of ash

Relic’d bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with a hand-rubbed satin urethane back finish

Fast-playing compound-radius fingerboard

Slanted EVH Wolfgang bridge humbucker outputs a scorching, well-balanced tone

500k EVH Bourns low-friction volume pot creates effortless swells with zero clicks or pops

Treble bleed circuit eliminates muddy tone at lower volume settings

Vintage Fender tremolo accesses Eddie’s classic whammy bar techniques

Relic’d striped finish, aged chrome hardware, and skirted Strat-style volume knob

’70s-style licensed Fender Strat headstock with a gold EVH logo

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Tech Specs


Number of Strings 6

Left-/Right-handed Right-handed


Body Type Solidbody

Body Shape ’78 Eruption

Body Material Basswood

Body Finish Lacquer

Color Black with White Stripes, relic’d


Neck Material Quartersawn Maple

Neck Shape EVH Modified C Backshape

Neck Joint Bolt-on

Radius 12″-16″ compound

Fingerboard Material Maple

Fingerboard Inlay Black Dots

Number of Frets 22, Jumbo, Nickel

Scale Length 25.5″

Nut Width 1.6875″

Nut Material Brass


Bridge/Tailpiece 6-Saddle Vintage-style Fender Strat Synchronized Tremolo with Brass Block

Tuners EVH-branded Gotoh


Bridge Pickup EVH Wolfgang Humbucker

Controls 1 x volume (500k EVH Bourns low friction pot with treble bleed, labled “tone”)

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